Now after marathon matches and players spitting toward fans and top seeds struggling, we're in the second week of Wimbledon. There's tons of matches that are expected to be some real humdingers (how many times have you seen the word "humdinger" on a blog?), but there's one I think will be the humdingerest!
It involves your women's top seed Serena Williams against your 16th seed, Maria Sharapova, in a rematch of their 2004 final at the All-England Club taken by Sharapova. Now a lot has happened for both of those players since then: from Serena sinking to her lowest ranking since her rookie days to emerging back on top of the heap to Maria winning a couple of more Slams and then getting felled by a serious shoulder injury.
Sharapova's done a decent job of making her way back from that, but she still hasn't had a defining win yet to prove that she can be a contender at the Slams. I picked her to get to the finals before the tournament, and I'm still sticking with that. Williams has been in pretty devastating form, but I just have this feeling that Sharapova—driven by that need to show she's back—ekes this out.
Either way, it'll be a slugfest, maybe one we'll talk about for days to come!
* And an extra note: Roger Federer really struggled early on last week, and I think he's lucky he didn't have to play Jurgen Melzer then. He should get by him fine now.
An old friend of mine and I used to talk tennis for hours, whether it was our own games or what was happening in the pros. I've started Tennis Talk, Anyone? to, well, talk tennis with an even broader crowd! My name is Van Sias and I've been playing for 20 years now, and not only am I player, I'm a huge fan of the game as well: pro, amateur, you name it. I'll post links to news items related to the sport, and offer my own personal opinion, predictions and hopefully get some of yours as well.